FERNDALE, Wash. — Last night’s City Council Meeting was the first regular council meeting for newly elected Councilmembers Ryan O’Larey and Ramon Llanos. Both were sworn in at the November 27th special council meeting.
In preparation of end of the year reports to the Whatcom County Assessor, the City Council held the final 2020 budget public comment period. No comments were made, and the council voted unanimously to approve the 2020 budget.
Council held an open comment period for the proposed utility rate increase. No members of the public shared a comment. Council will vote at the December 18th meeting.
Council voted 5 to 0 to approve the Fountain Place Catalyst Project. Council Member Llanos recused himself from the vote, as he is the Civil Engineer for the project. The Fountain Place, as presented, will transform the entry into downtown Ferndale.
It is transformative in taking an existing 1.5+/- acre site with 2500 square feet of retail and converting it to over 16,091 square feet of commercial and adding 119 residences for a total of over 188,000 square feet. It will also extend and expand public space. Fountain Place Catalyst Project Staff Report – December 2, 2019
The Fountain Place, if additional approvals are met, must be constructed by May 1, 2022 unless changed by the city council. Full details on the project are available in a 70+ page PDF file provided by the City.